Sunday June 16, 2019

Women At Higher Risk of Spine Surgery Than Men

Experts in spinal surgeries from across the world have gathered at the 32nd Annual Conference of Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSICON) being held here.

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Neurosurgeons and specialists in spine surgery have said that women have a higher risk of spinal cord deformities due to osteoporosis.

Experts in spinal surgeries from across the world have gathered at the 32nd Annual Conference of Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSICON) being held here.

Talking to IANS, Dr. Subir N Jhaveri, the secretary of ASSICON said, “Due to more prevalence of osteoporosis in women, there is a 10 per cent more chance of spinal deformities in females than in males.”

He was talking on the sidelines of the event which has the theme ‘Controversies and Complications in Spine Surgery’, where over 500 delegates are participating in the four-day event which started on Thursday.

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Neurosurgeons and specialists in spine surgery have said that women have a higher risk of spinal cord deformities due to osteoporosis. Pixabay

Many of them have come from the USA, Canada, Turkey, Korea and Japan. The conference will see discussions on various topics on the spine including degenerative, trauma, osteoporosis, infections, tumours as well as spinal deformity.

“There are about 1000 spine surgeons in India. In Gujarat around 200 to 250 spine surgeries are carried out annually and approximately 15 per cent of them are of the minimal invasion surgery, while the rest are open surgeries,” said Dr. A. Niraj Vasavada, the Head of Department in a multi-specialty hospital.

“The major hindrance in surgeries for spinal deformity is the lack of awareness in the patients, who approach the surgeons at a very late stage when the deformity is at the maximum level making the surgery extremely difficult,” he said.

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“The minimal invasive surgery has a very high rate of success in improving and rectifying the deformity. But it requires modern technology with the latest equipment which makes it an expensive one, but still we carry out such surgeries sometimes at negligible cost like 1.5 to 2 lakh due to the patient’s financial condition and philanthropy from our side. This is just around 5 to 10 per cent of what it costs in advanced countries,” said Dr. Amit C. Jhala, Chairperson of the ASSICON 2019.

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The conference will serve as a platform to share knowledge and experiences of renowned spine surgeons. There are around 50 surgeons participating in the conference from government institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and also from other state government institutions.

Besides the conference, the association has also organised a trade show to showcase the best and the latest medical treatment, equipment, solutions and services in spinal surgery.(IANS)

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Depression May Put Women at Risk of Chronic Diseases, Says Study

Women with both conditions — depression and chronic diseases — were more likely to come from low-income households, be overweight and inactive, smoke tobacco and drink alcohol

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Depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women. Wikimedia

Women who experience symptoms of depression, even without a clinical diagnosis, are at an increased risk of developing multiple chronic diseases, according to a study.

The study, published in the journal American Psychological Association Health Psychology, examined 7,407 middle-aged women (45-50 years) for over 20 years.

During the study period, 43.2 per cent women experienced elevated symptoms of depression and just under half the cohort were diagnosed or took treatment for depression.

Of the total, 2,035 or 63.6 per cent developed multiple chronic diseases.

“These days many people suffer from multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. We looked at how women progress in the development of these chronic diseases before and after the onset of depressive symptoms,” said Xiaolin Xu from the University of Queensland in Australia.

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Depression is a common mental disorder. Flickr

“Experiencing depressive symptoms appeared to amplify the risk of chronic illness,” Xu said, adding that women suffering from depression were 1.8 times more likely to have multiple chronic health conditions.

“After women started experiencing these symptoms, they were 2.4 times more likely to suffer from multiple chronic conditions compared to women without depressive symptoms,” he added.

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Women with both conditions — depression and chronic diseases — were more likely to come from low-income households, be overweight and inactive, smoke tobacco and drink alcohol.

“Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and reducing harmful behaviours could help prevent and slow the progression of multiple chronic diseases,” Xu said. (IANS)